The Golden State Warriors are in Japan for two exhibition games against the Washington Wizards on Friday and Saturday, and on Thursday Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson decided to try their hand at the country’s national sport, sumo wrestling.
And they didn’t just take some guy off the street. No, the Splash Brothers took on Hakuho Sho, a 45-time top division champion who holds five sumo world records. And boy, they learned the hard way how strong these wrestlers are.
The first was Curry, who is not a weakling. Pound for pound, he is considered the Warriors’ strongest player. But Sho weighs 165 pounds heavier than Curry, and Curry, having given him everything he had, looked like a child pressed against a brick wall. he couldn’t even move Sho.
Thompson was next, looking just as stupid as he tried to move Sho.
It’s really incredible. Again, these are not weak guys. They can’t move the guy an inch. Perhaps even more impressive was that Syo tried his hand at the Splash Brothers game. And listen, this guy can throw a basketball. I’m not sure how well he can move, but look at the slight tug and clean finish of that swing.
Don’t be confused: it’s not just a big dude. This is an athlete. Good times for warriors in Japan.